The champions return!
The Gfinity CS:GO Invitational brought to you by Omen by HP is fast approaching, as four of the world’s best teams prepare for battle at the UK’s largest games event, EGX 2016, from 22nd to 25th September at the NEC, Birmingham.
As we edge closer to the launch of the CS:GO Invitational, we’re delighted to reveal the latest team to lock in their invitation, the returning Champion of Champions, Team EnVyUs!
While originally a Call of Duty team since their formation in 2007, the legendary name EnVyUs has since branched out into several games in recent years, including titles such as Overwatch, Halo, and of course, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, following their acquisition of Team LDLC in early 2015.
Initially, the roster consisting of Vincent 'Happy' Cervoni, Fabien 'KioShiMa' Fiey, Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux, Nathan 'NBK' Schmitt and Richard 'Shox' Papillon, experienced immediate success, as they secured our very own Gfinity Spring Masters I. However, it was only after EnVyUs traded Shox and SmithZz for Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub and Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire, that we began to see Envy reach their true potential, as they won several tournaments, including our Gfinity Champion of Champions tournament at EGX 2015.
Following that, Timothée 'DEVIL' Démolon was brought on from LDLC White to fill KioShiMa's place, who joined FaZe Clan a month later.
Team Spotlight and Recent Performances
Happy | NBK | kennyS | apEX | DEVIL
Despite their incredible 2015, this year has not been kind to the French team, with their only top performances coming with a win in Season 1 of the Global eSports Cup back in February and a semi-final placing at DreamHack Malmo 2016. Since then, EnVyUs have mainly placed in the quarter finals of tournaments this year, but that appears to be changing.
In the last two qualifying tournaments they've participated in, Envy have finished third, qualifying for the i-League StarSeries Season 2 by defeating HellRaisers, and 3rd/4th at the ESL One: New York 2016 qualifiers, narrowly losing out to eventual winners, Astralis.
Despite their lack of tournament wins, EnVyUs are still a dangerous team who have years of teamwork under their belts, and are quite rightly one of the top teams in Europe through their hard work, and consistency.
Ultimately, EnVyUs will be returning to the same arena where they won last year’s Champion of Champions event, and there’s no doubt they will be eager to celebrate at the NEC once more.
Gfinity CS:GO Invitational brought to you by Omen by HP
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